In 2000, I moved from Kentucky to Florida to manage Solid Wall Systems, a firm undertaking the construction of thousands of new residences for Mercedes Homes. Instead of conventional framing, these homes would be built using a cast-in-place wall system above a slab-on-grade foundation (see Figure 1). I'd been running a successful foundation business back home, so making the transition to above-grade work was fairly simple.

Figure 1.

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